Monday, June 18, 2012

quilting + thimbles

This weekend I made some good progress on hand quilting my Modern Medallion quilt.  I have been stitching away at it slowly, slowly between things.  Now that the end is near, I can feel my excitement building. 

crinkles

So many hours auditioning fabrics, mitering borders, embellishing, tinkering, trying to allow my creativity free range.  With all this handling, the quilt is nigh full of wrinkles, as if it's already been washed and dried. 

quilting, quilting

The colors still sing to me.  I can see now more than ever why Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy (legacy collection fully available at Moona Fabrics) has enjoyed such a loyal following.  In my rendition I wanted to mix in teal as a strong color and accents of golden yellow.  I'm tickled with the way the Kona everglade solid I've used at center and surrounding the mini dogwood blossoms adds depth to an otherwise light and airy quilt.  Such fun to add hand quilting over the solid teal bits to soften them both. 

on my table

I'm binding my Modern Medallion quilt now.  After that, there's only the large hand quilting portion designed for the wide gray border left.  Haha, yep, only that (I'm ever optimistic).

Oh, and I've been wanting to tell you about thimbles!  If you recall, I bought a cute jelly thimble from Pink Chalk Fabrics to try out over this new bout of hand quilting.  I quite like it.  It's more comfortable for me than a metal or leather thimble.  And, if I hadn't tried anything else, I would have stuck with the jelly thimble.

But, BUT, I am completely converted to Thimble-It self-adhesive pads.  Megan posted about these recently, so I ordered a pack from Amazon.  These pads stick on wherever you like, acting more like a callous than a thimble.  You get 64 in a pack for $7-8 (with shipping) and you can reuse one pad several times before it loses its stick.  I greatly prefer these to a thimble because my finger is free to breath and to help with grasping or pulling or whatever.  I truly forget it's on (have been known to go wash my hands and oops! there it is).  Plus, I can put it on the side of my middle finger, which is where I personally need it.  Also, no sizing problems with this type of product, as opposed to a thimble.

So, obviously, I really think that anyone who does not already have/love a thimble should try Thimble-It.  Here that, Handstitched students?  I'm linking you to the Colonial brand on Amazon, which I purchased (and, full disclosure, it's an affiliate link, so I do get some change if you buy through my link to keep me in books and notions).  But, you might also find this product at your local fabrics chain store and save on the shipping.  So look for it!

Once my hand quilting is all. the. way. finished. I'll be sure to share the quilt here!

36 comments:

  1. Yes! I've used those sticky thimbles before and they're quite nice. Unfortunately, they're not magic as they don't make me into a master quilter, but they help :)

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  2. Thanks for the tip Rachel, I might try and source some of these in France for my next binding session. I get an ouchie on that same spot, side of the middle finger, so hopefully they will work for me too. Looking forward to the reveal when you get it finished!

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  3. Thanks for the recommendation, Rachel! I'm interested in trying the pads, as I really can't stand using a thimble. I usually just skip it, but the pads seem like a good option.

    I just love what you've done so far with the quilting. I can't wait to see what you have planned for the main quilting area. I'm really enjoying the quilt process so far!

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  4. Rachel, I love this and am so excited that we'll be hand quilting this beauty! What did I expect? You know what's funny about the sticky pads your describing? I fell in love with band aids of all things exactly for the reasons you are stating! Happy quilting!

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    1. LOL, that's right - I've heard of band aid users. So, this is the glorified, not-so-obvious version =)

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  5. I hope you're bringing this quilt to ATL this weekend because I want to admire it in person! It is so beautiful!

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  6. So glad to hear the good review on the pads. I have tried every thimble to no avail, so I started wrapping my fingers with thin electrical tape. The pads sound sooo much better!

    Your modern medallion quilt is looking GORGEOUS! I agree..the everglade really makes it special!

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  7. This is looking so gorgeous! I finished the first step of my dogwood blossom this weekend, and I'm so excited to get stitching! Thanks for the thimble recommendation.

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    1. Welcome! It is SO fun seeing all the medallion quilts developing.

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  8. I am excited to see what you do with the large quilting portion! I am loving all the quilts so far, and I can't wait to see yours all finished!

    I also second those thimble it pads. I use those and a leather thimble, depending on what I'm doing, but the pads are great, especially if you need some padding in an odd position.

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  9. I bought most thimbles and found they do not work for me. Either they were falling off or my finger was sweating. Then a small quilt group member showed me the sticky thimbles. She gave me a few and I was hooked. When I am 1/2 way thru a pack I keep an eye out for another pack. Will not go without. Great for quilting and stitching.

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  10. Thank you so much for recommending these. This is exactly the type of thing that I've been looking for. I have a tendency to utilize all of my fingers, so this is a hube help. And you know what else these would be good for? To use when using safety pins to baste!!

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    1. Ooh, really good point! Those basting pins can be ouchy.

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  11. Your medallion quilt is looking totally gorgeous! I so love everything about it. Oh, and that hand quilting looks soooo perfect, simply AMAZING! Can't wait to see the whole quilt finished. I'm sure it will be a STUNNER!

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  12. I so wish that I could use them. But, I am allergic to adhesive big time and latex too. I will have to stick with a jelly thimble. It makes my finger swett, but it works. Your quilting is beautiful . I don't know if I will have time to make the quilt. : (

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  13. I just adore the colors and the hand quilting in this ! Beautiful! Inspiring to say the least!

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  14. Yes, for sure this little quilting helpers do help. One time I went to sleep at a retreat with them on and at breakfast I learned that they had migrated to my neck and we such a good laugh.
    Hand quilting is my passion and reflective time!

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  15. Your quilt is just lovely and I'm super excited to hear about Thimble-its...I just ordered some...thanks so much for the recommendation. Finding a thimble I really like has always been the hunt for the illusive.

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  16. Ooh, thanks for the recommendations! I'll have to bookmark this. And the quilt is looking fab!

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  17. Gorgeous!! Your hand quilting is beautiful! I sure wish they had Thimble-It before I started hand quilting 10 years ago, then I wouldn't have the permanent callous on my finger. Oh well, at least I can't lose mine ;)

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    1. Well, your permanent callous earns you our respect!

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  18. That quilt is sooooo pretty. I can't wait to see how it looks when it's finished!

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  19. I am also a big Thimble-It fan! They work so well, don't move on my finger and usually last a couple quilting sessions. And they keep me quilting, if I quilt too much without them my fingers get too sore & I have to take a few days off to heal.

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  20. The colors in this quilt are fantastic!! Just beautiful...can't wait to see more!

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  21. i'll never stop loving the look of handquilting. i kinda want to reach into these photos and fondle it too. gorgeous.

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  22. I'm intrigued by the Thimble It. I find I need something on my thumb and my finger so these might be the key. Also, I am seriously in love with this quilt...so much so, I *might* be kicking myself for not taking your class even though I know it is totally not realistic for me this summer - ha ha! ;)

    PS: I'm with Holly...I hope you are bringing this to Atlanta...

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  23. Placed my order! I hate thimbles, but I also hate holes in my fingers, lol! Can't wait to try them. Love your quilt, especially the stitching around the big flower.

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  24. Interesting - I could probably use one on my middle finger as I'm always getting a big callous on the side.

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  25. I use thimble-it's too! I have trouble with a thimble because I feel clumsy with it, but Thimble-its are perfect! I use them for hand binding quilts too. Perfect!

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  26. Hopefully, these will work much better than the band-aids I've been using AFTER my finger is sore and bleeding! BTW, your stitches are beautiful!

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  27. it is so pretty! i am so glad you are almost done with it but i have found that i have really enjoyed sitting under my kaleidoscope quilt as i hand quilt it. it is like it is totally mine and i have the hours to prove it! ;)

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  28. Your quilt is turning out to be really pretty!
    I've used those stick on thimbles and they're very helpful. Like you, I like my fingers to be able to breath and to be free.

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  29. Enjoyed reading this hand quilting post. Thanks for the thimble ideas... I'll be on the lookout for these products!

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  30. Abundantly Blessed pattern. Would also make a large quilt,the raw edges would be warm and fuzzy.

    karen.scott@gmail.com

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  31. Abundantly Blessed pattern. Would also make a large quilt,the raw edges would be warm and fuzzy.

    karen.scott@gmail.com

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